• Ep. 1: The Importance of Being Earnest

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • May 24 2021
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Podcast
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)
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  • Summary

  • A new version of this timeless classic starring Stephen Fry. 

    Jack Worthing and Algernon Montcrieff have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn. 

    Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and the truth starts to unravel.

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well done

Nice production of a classic play, I'm looking forward to more of these in the play series.

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Very funny

The wit of Oscar Wilde shines in this perfect performance. I had forgotten how clever his writing was.

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Short and Funny

A story that has proven worthy of its fame. I was often smiling and sometimes laughing at the one-liners and dry humor throughout the play.
I thought all the performances were good, but Stephen Frey as the overbearing aunt was a distraction and could have been better cast.

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like most of Wilde's plays...

This was a thoroughly enjoyable presentation of the work as written by Wilde, with only minor liberties take with the script.
if you like Wilde, this was the bees knees! If you aren't a fan of his writing, these actors may have sounded like an unfortunate scrumble of twittering nitwits; more's the pity.